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Bedri Baykam: Meet the Artist

Berkeley, CA, May 08, 2009 --( Bedri Beykam has been one of the most famous Turkish contemporary artists of the past few decades and on Friday, May 8 2009 at UC Berkeley, Valley Life Sciences Building, Room 2040 visitors will have the chance to Meet the Artist in a unique event organized by the Yore Folk Dance Ensemble Mission.

About the Artist:
An artist and an intellectual with as many as 21 books to his credit, he has also directed several short films. A child prodigy, his work has been exhibited from the tender age of 6 in places such as Bern, Geneva, New York, Washington, London, Rome, Munich, Stockholm, etc.

Born in Turkey, he has studied in the Sorbonne and L’Actorat at Paris. He also stayed in the Bay Area of California studied painting and film-making at the California College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland. Baykam is one of the pioneers of the New-Expressionism movement and of multi-media and photo-painting oriented political art.

About his Art:
Baykam has been described as one of the very early Neo-Expressionists. His art cannot be pigeonholed and can be anything from graffiti to free-figuration and an abstract use of paint, in very richly textured layers.

Women have been the subject matter of much of his artistic endeavors: His series "Girly Plots" has been described as a fetish collage containing synthetic materials, special fabrics, zinc plates, and photos of the artist’s models taken internationally. He sandwiches prints of sexy nudes in painterly abstract transparent layers.

Beykam is also known for his "Livart" installations such as "The Harem Intrigues" (Paris and Buenos Aires, 2002) or "Curatorial Schizophrenia" (Istanbul 2004).

In March two of his works sold at Sotheby’s in London, when “The Ultimate Dejeuner” a 4D Lenticular Print, 180X240 cm. (One of three originals) 2008 sold for 48,790 US Dollars and “Graffiti Guy Posing in Front of His Work” 150X190 cm. (from his California neo-expressionist period) Mixed Media on Canvas: 1984 sold for 68,950 US Dollars)

About Yore
Yore is a nonprofit organization founded in November 2005 by several folkdance instructors to teach the basics of Turkish ethnic dances from different regions of Turkey. The objective of the group is organizing major shows, concert, workshops, showcasing dances from various regions of Turkey, researching hidden cultural dances of Anatolia, support artists, and participating in local and international festivals.

What: Meet the Artist Bedri Baykam
Where: UC Berkeley, Valley Life Sciences Building, Room 2040
When: Friday, May 8, 2009 – 7:30 PM
Contact: Yore Folk Ensemble

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